Cuban connection?

Cuban connection?

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 19:39
The White Sox already have three players that defected from Cuba _ shortstop Alexei Ramirez, starting pitcher Jose Contreras and third baseman Dayan Viciedo, who is batting .275 at Class AA Birmingham. The trio have the same agent, Jaime Torres, and they've all been treated well in the Sox' system. Is there more room on the Sox for players with Cuban roots? Stay tuned. Torres told ESPN.com's Jorge Arangure pitchers Yadel Marti and Juan Yasser and center fielder Yasser Gomez have been declared free agents after defecting to the United States through the Dominican Republic. Gomez and Marti are the top two talents, and they've reportedly expressed an interest in signing with either the White Sox, Yankees or Red Sox. Torres would like to get Gomez and Marti major-league contracts before Sept. 1 so they're eligible for the playoffs. Marti, 29, was Cuba's ace in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, throwing 12 2/3 scoreless innings. Gomez, 28, is a fleet outfielder and a career .331 hitter in Cuba. After trading for Jake Peavy, you have to wonder if the White Sox have any money left. If they could afford either Marti or Gomez, it would be another huge boost for the stretch run.
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